#1296-1298 – Thomas Oden and The African Memory of Mark
Following up on last week’s program on the archaeology of Libya, we begin a three part conversation with Thomas Oden. Oden is the director of The Center for Early African Christianity at Eastern University, and the author of a new book called The African Memory of Mark: Reassessing Early Church Tradition (published by InterVarsity Press).
Mark is all over the New Testament, not one of the 12 Apostles but nonetheless a part of the apostolic tradition. He wrote the second gospel, presumably with Simon Peter. Luke, Paul, and Peter all mention him in their writings. Outside of that, what is known about Mark is very unlimited, unless you go to the African sources, as Oden has done.
Some surprising new information about Mark is shared in this conversation, including his connection to the city of Cyrene in Libya.